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Connelly records career high in home win

Ellie Connelly (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Ellie Connelly (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (4-8, 1-7 CC) 60, Muhlenberg (5-7, 3-5 CC) 53
What: Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball game
When:
Saturday, Jan. 11
Where: Westminster, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel outscored Muhlenberg 18-4 in the second quarter to build a 20-point halftime lead before staving off a furious rally and holding on for a 60-53 victory.

THE LEADERS
Ellie Connelly (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) was one of three Green Terror players to reach double figures with a career-high 14 points to go with five rebounds and three steals.
• Anna Mondoro (Dumfries, Va./Homeschool) added a team-high 15 points.
• Mallory Conroy (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) added 12 points, nine rebounds and six steals.

FOR THE FOES
• Sara Peretti led the Mules with 22 points.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After the teams traded points early, Josey Klingenberg (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) drained a 3-pointer and Anna Mondoro hit a driving layup for a 7-3 lead three minutes into the game. Holding a 12-10 advantage with 3:44 to play, Mallory Conroy and Jayce Klingenberg (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) hit short-range buckets on consecutive possessions to make it a 16-10 lead.
• After two Emily Metzger (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) free throws and a Madison Kirchofer layup kept it a six-point lead, Metzger canned a jumper with 7:14 showing to ignite a 16-0 run. Sara Peretti hit a layup with 38 seconds left to stop the drought and make it a 34-14 game at the break.
• A Josey Klingenberg jumper with 6:20 to play in the third quarter but McDaniel in front 42-21 but two Mikaela McGarvey free throws 24 seconds to start a 7-1 burst the trimmed the deficit to 15 with 4:39 on the clock. Connelly, however, responded with a 3-pointer and Conroy converted a three-point play to stretch the lead back to 21 just 53 seconds later. Keyed by five points from Emily O'Mahoney and four from Peretti, the Mules ran off the next 11 points to trim the margin to 49-39 with 24 ticks remaining. Conroy hit the first of two free throws to push the lead back to 11 at the end of the quarter.
• A Margeux Eripret three-point play early in the fourth quarter drew the visitors within single digits for the first time 7:14 remained in the second quarter. After a Metzger layup made it 53-44, Eripret hit a single free throw with 4:48 showing to spark an 8-0 run that made it a one-point game with just over a minute to play. Two Connelly free throws stretched the lead to 55-52 before Muhlenberg converted a baseline jumper that would have drawn the game back to within one with 39.8 seconds left. However, after a review, the officials deemed a flagrant foul occurred on the pass and disallowed the basket. Mondoro, instead, hit the second of two free-throw attempts on the Flagrant 1 to make it a 56-52 game. Ashley Polera hit one free throw at the other end to make it a one-possession game but Mondoro and Connelly combined to go 4-for-4 from the stripe in the final 27 seconds to secure the win.

THE INSIDE STORY
• The 14 points, five rebounds and six steals were all career highs for Ellie Connelly.
• The six steals were a career high for Mallory Conroy.
• Muhlenberg officially protested the game on the misapplication of a rule on the review that disallowed the late basket. It is yet to be determined the recourse permitted in the situation.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.